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Delivery Matters

Delivery Matters

When it comes to customer satisfaction, Newberry Tanks is taking the lead by getting the lead times out of the order and fulfillment process.

Wait… slashing lead times?  

Okay, we know what you’re thinking. Haven’t we witnessed the supply chain issues riddling the industry? The rising prices of steel? The unavailability of fiberglass? Labor shortages? Transportation delays?

Yes, we have. We could let those obstacles define our current state of business, or we could face them head on proactively. We’ve never been the “sit-around-and-wait” sort.

That’s why we implemented our signature Preferred Customer Program (PCP) in late 2019.  Featuring planned buildouts and on-site inventory for immediate access to tanks, our PCP ensures order fulfillment in only 24-48 hours versus the industry’s extended lead times.

So how does this work?

Simple. You sign on to receive a certain quantity of tanks over time, while locking in competitive pricing, including material and labor pricing, at the time of signing. Then, your tank is delivered within days (instead of weeks or months).

Not only can Newberry ship needed product within a slim window, but as one order is fulfilled, an immediate replenishment initiates, ensuring that Newberry is always ready to meet and stay ahead of the need, helping you solidify your competitive edge. While this model is capital-intensive for Newberry, it pays dividends by enabling us to meet your growing demand and assist you to continue to grow both internally and externally.

What you’re saying is…

Newberry’s Preferred Customer Program eliminates the guesswork from the highly variable nature of the industry with planned buildouts and on-site inventory for on-demand access to tanks with:

  • Order fulfillment/delivery in 24-48 hours versus weeks and months
  • Immediate replenishments by maintaining a min/max level of stock on-hand
  • Locked-in, competitive pricing
  • Regular Stock Reports, providing customer insights of dedicated inventory

In its first year, the PCP worked so well in helping us jointly plan buildouts and eliminate delivery guesswork that many current customers on the program significantly increased revenue and overcame growth-halting lead times in the volatile industry climate of 2021.

In fact, three of four customers on Newberry’s legacy consignment program switched to the Preferred Customer Program in 2021.

What is the benefit?

We let our customers’ statistics speak for themselves.

* Oil distributor saw 188% unit growth

* Fortune 100 company had lead times slashed by 70% = Projects on schedule

* YoY revenue grew 2.3x for oil handling and equipment company

One of the nation’s leading oil handing and industrial equipment distributors made the move and realized a 160% increase in unit growth in the first eight months of 2021 over all of 2020 sales and 188% overall by year’s end. Year-over-year revenue increased 2.3 times. The Director of Operations said, “Previously we’d wait weeks, but now it’s days. This has enabled us to gain significant new tank business.”

The formula for success is actually quite simple: Ensured tank availability means you can fulfill your demand efficiently, and this, in turn, leads to more demand and increased sales for your company. All in all, faster delivery makes way for growth.

And who doesn’t want growth?

So, this is the part where we say again—we know what you’re thinking: Newberry’s PCP sounds great, but it probably only works for established customers, right?

Not so fast.

The Preferred Customer Program not only eases order and delivery for long-time customers, but it’s a perfect option for companies looking for solutions—especially when we work closely with new customers to understand their specific challenges and then offer them guaranteed availability to help hurdle supply chain obstacles to maintain growth plans. As one Construction Manager at a Fortune 100 company commented “lead times were slashed by 70%,” helping to keep their projects on schedule.

You read that right…ON SCHEDULE. And in our manufacturing space where one undeniable truth is that time is money, there may be no sweeter words.

Newberry Tanks Wins Gold at American Business Awards

Newberry Tanks Wins Gold at the American Business Awards for Third Straight Year

West Memphis, AR, May 3, 2022 – Newberry Tanks & Equipment, LLC, a leading manufacturer of oil and petroleum steel tanks and equipment, announced that the company is the recipient of two Gold Stevie® awards from the 2022 American Business Awards®. Honors for Newberry Tanks include:

  • GOLD for Achievement in Customer Satisfaction
  • GOLD for Company of the Year – Metals and Mining

More than 3,700 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories at the American Business Awards and more than 240 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.

Achievement in Customer Satisfaction

The ABA judges recognized Newberry’s exemplary commitment to their customers. After experiencing tremendous growth in 2021, Newberry overcame the challenge of providing their award-winning level of customer service on a now larger scale. Through strategic implementation of the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), key technology, and the development of customer-centric order and delivery systems, Newberry is committed to and delivered customer satisfaction. An astounding 100% of Newberry customers surveyed in 2021 reported being “Very Satisfied” with Newberry, up from 79% in 2018.

Judges said:

“Process improvement, significantly faster turnaround times and making the client relationship a partnership by planning together and creating a personal touch is a big differentiator.”

“This is a story of customer understanding driving success.”

Company of the Year – Metals and Mining

The ABA also recognized Newberry Tanks’ achievement in the face of crippled supply chains, labor shortages, rising steel prices, and transportation delays. Instead of bending, the company placed significant investment in their workforce, facilities, technology, and new programs, paving the way to become an industry-leading steel tank manufacturer. Newberry’s welder turnover rate remained extremely low, and the company implemented a “Tank Tracker” process to give customers ultimate flexibility in the order process and delivery. In Newberry’s 2021 customer survey, commitment was mentioned as Newberry’s defining strength.

Judges noted:

“Newberry has had significant growth and maintenance during such a traumatic time for the US especially within the supply chain.”

“The company has implemented best-in-class project and manufacturing processes and adopted an unconventional approach for maintaining and retaining welding talent.”

Newberry Tanks President and COO, Matt Kohnke, commented, “Thank you to the judges at the American Business Awards, our clients, and most of all, the team at Newberry. It is especially gratifying for the company to be recognized for our hard work in customer satisfaction.”

About Newberry Tanks & Equipment, LLC For more than 90 years, award-winning Newberry Tanks & Equipment has been manufacturing quality aboveground and underground steel tanks for the American supply chain and every branch of the U.S. military. The “think tank” of oil and petroleum storage, Newberry Tanks is intent on innovation: offering tanks on demand, dedicated customer service, turnkey solutions, and the fastest delivery in the country.

About the American Business Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

Contact:

Linda Chase

lchase@mayfieldconsulting.com

James Fischer

jfischer@newberrytanks.com

Investing in the Future

Investing in the Future

Newberry Tanks Announces New Innovative Manufacturing Facility

Despite the numerous obstacles presented over the last two years in the wake of the Covid pandemic—rising steel costs, supply chain disruptions, economic downturns—Newberry Tanks met every challenge head-on. And triumphed.

New Memphis Facility

The pandemic aftermath wasn’t a holding pattern for Newberry but rather a season of intense growth. A time to redirect business models to an Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) to step out of working in the business to focus on the business. A time to implement the Tank Tracker three-call system to ensure on-time and reliable delivery. A time to create a Preferred Customer Program with on-demand, in-stock supply of tanks for participating customers.

These investments in the company netted significant gains in both revenue and customer focus.

In 2021, Newberry reported an increase in the number of tanks produced by 16% and there was a marked shift to larger orders with most companies buying 21-99 tanks yearly. Over the same time period, 100% of customers interviewed reported they were “very satisfied” with their experience and many of those advised Newberry to “keep doing what you’re doing.”

And for Newberry, to keep supplying quality products with excellent service and reliable delivery considering the ever-increasing demand, there was another needed investment: a cutting-edge new facility.

In March of 2022, Newberry announced the opening of its newest state-of-the-art tank manufacturing facility in Memphis, Tennessee. The 40,000 sq. ft. facility effectively doubles their manufacturing and storage capacity in Memphis.

This innovative facility revolutionizes Newberry’s manufacturing processes and showcases their quality commitment by:

Increasing Productivity

The new Memphis facility streamlines workflow on the production floor, and significantly increases throughput. While the old Memphis facility maxed out at 1,250 lube tanks, the new facility will ultimately triple production for Rectangular Lube Tanks while adding capacity to support up to six new workcells for cylindrical tanks.

Eliminating Stop-And-Go

“Stop-and-go” in manufacturing is the number one killer of lean practices. Minor stops on the production floor can end up in major losses: time losses, productivity losses, opportunity losses. And these losses wouldn’t be solely felt by Newberry. Quite often, they can lead to delays in order fulfillment, which can lead to lost revenue and lost opportunities for their customers.

Newberry’s new facility in Memphis is designed with a more streamlined workflow, from material handling, to production, to finishing and shipping, with significant reductions in stoppages.

Enhancing Paint Application

New paint cell

High-quality paint jobs are about more than aesthetics when it comes to your steel tank. The true lifespan of your tank depends on it. Without an effectively-applied protective paint coating, welded steel tanks are susceptible to the destructive effects of corrosion. In essence, a steel tank is only as good as its coating system.

Controlled painting environments and innovative practices are necessary to ensure all surface preparations are completed and coatings are appropriately prepared and applied for maximum, sustained protection. Tanks are moved via an overhead tract system instead of forklifts through the finishing process. Painting is accomplished using cutting-edge paint application technology. Having access to a heated, controlled environment and cutting-edge technology in its new facility, Newberry Tanks can ensure its products are given the highest standards of quality control and finished in a timely and efficient manner to defend against the life-reducing effects of unchecked corrosion.

Adding New Office Space

As operations grow, so do the needs for a full infrastructure of support functions. The new facility boasts a significant addition of office space to house Newberry’s HR, Logistics, Purchasing, and Engineering departments. These fully-functional, modern work environments favorably impact Newberry’s ability to attract and recruit top talent in this competitive job market as well as support the growing needs and demands of the industry.

Opening this new facility ensures that operations are more scalable as the business continues to grow. Newberry is positioning itself to expand production capabilities for future demand and exceptional on-time delivery.

As production capacity increases, the need for skilled welders and fabricators will be another paramount investment for the company. Newberry anticipates tripling its workforce in Memphis by the end of 2022. Its history of being “a best place to work” and its long-term partnerships in the Memphis community, should allow them to meet this goal.

“This is exciting growth for Newberry and an example of our long-standing commitment to the Memphis and West Memphis communities,” said Matt Kohnke, President and COO of Newberry Tanks.

Newberry Tanks Opens State-of-the Art Facility

Newberry Tanks Opens State-of-the-Art Manufacturing Facility in Memphis, TN

New location in Memphis

March 31, 2022 West Memphis, AR – Newberry Tanks, a leading manufacturer of steel tanks and equipment, today announced the opening of a state-of-the-art tank manufacturing facility in Memphis, Tennessee. The 40,000 sq. ft. facility effectively doubles their manufacturing and storage capacity in Memphis.

Supporting the company’s philosophy of “New Thinking,” Newberry designed the facility to allow flexibility in its manufacturing of rectangular tanks and cylindrical tanks. Significant investments have been made in fabrication and material handling equipment. Tanks are moved via an overhead tract system instead of forklifts through the finishing process. Painting is accomplished using cutting-edge paint application technology, enhancing the look and finish of the tank.

The streamlined workflow eliminates stop-and-go activities on the production floor, so throughput can be significantly expanded. The new operation will ultimately increase production four-fold on rectangular tanks and support up to six new work cells for cylindrical tanks. This additional capacity supports the company’s long-term goals to further service its existing customers and expand its reach to new customers.

“This is exciting growth for Newberry and an example of our long-standing commitment to the Memphis and West Memphis communities,” said Matt Kohnke, President and COO of Newberry Tanks. “Our operations are now more scalable as we continue to grow the business. We expect to triple our workforce in Memphis by the end of 2022.”

The current Memphis shop at 2270 Channel Avenue will relocate to the new facility at nearby 3109 Fontaine Road in Memphis.

We Need to Talk About Heavy Metal

We Need to Talk About Heavy Metal

No, we don’t mean the Metallica songs you’re jamming along to inside your car.

We’re here to talk about the steel skid tanks on your production floor. They’re heavy, they’re metal, and when moved, they’re a serious workplace hazard risk.

When you need a skid tank moved, most of you currently hire a crane and crew to move it. That’s expensive, sometimes a scheduling nightmare, and most notably, you’re bringing in people unfamiliar with your environment and that increases risk. Meanwhile, the tanks are full of oil or petroleum and any spill is a pricey EPA fine waiting to happen. More risk. And the tanks have historically been unwieldly once they’re swinging on chains at head-level with spotters. Major risk.

What we need is a safer tank. And here at Newberry Tanks, we built one. One that increases safety for your team, while saving you money. Intentional Innovation to benefit you.

Newberry’s Award-Winning New Skid Tank

With core values of safety, environmental responsibility, and innovation, we designed a rugged new steel skid tank that meets your needs. Our new skid tank:

  • Meets UL-142 specification for Aboveground Storage of Flammable and Combustible liquids
  • Comes in double-wall or single-wall construction for heavy duty aboveground storage
  • Includes sturdy skids that enable the tank to be moved by a forklift, rather than a crane.

Most of you already have a forklift at your facilities, so you’re already saving time and money foregoing a crane and crew. The cutouts in the full skids make the entire tank easy for the forklift to grab, too. Moreover, the tank is designed to balance evenly while it is in motion, eliminating the “swing” that can cause injury or damage to equipment.

All of which means you can:

  • Improve workplace safety
  • Minimize risk of a costly spill
  • Save thousands of dollars on crane rentals
  • Improve production efficiency

The best part? You can purchase Newberry’s rugged new skid tank for roughly the same price as a bracket or saddle tank.

Gold Medal Winner for Best New Industrial Product

Newberry’s New Code Compliant Skid Tank is so original and so necessary that the judges at the American Business Awards gave it the Gold for Best New Industrial Product of 2021. Not just the best new tank on the market — but the best new industrial product, of any kind, in the entire country.

And thanks to all the customers that voted in the People’s Choice Award, we’re proud to announce our skid tank went on to win that, too.

Greater safety for your team, AND saving money? In the words of Metallica, “Nothing Else Matters.”

Watch THIS VIDEO if you want to see our AWARD-WINNING NEW SKID TANK. Contact us , or call today at 870-735-4473. 

Oh, and since you brought up Metallica: uh, yeah, we can hear you singing in your car and it’s um…well. You might want to wait until you’ve left the company parking lot.

Music Must Continue

Newberry Tanks is proud to be a Gold Sponsor the Stax Music Academy and THIS WEEK we are matching donations for their annual #MusicMustContinue campaign! The campaign raises tuition money for talented middle school and high school musicians to train with professionals and learn the business. 

Why do we do this? Because in 1946, a young guitarist showed up at the home of legendary artist Bukka White in Memphis, needing a job and an intro to the Memphis blues scene. The kid was pretty good, so Bukka did both. He got him a job at Newberry Tanks, and introduced Memphis to man who would become the King of the Blues — B.B. King.

B.B. King wasn’t the first or last musical legend that needed our help to give the world an everlasting gift.

#musicmustcontinue

Newberry Tanks and Equipment Featured in The Fabricator

West Memphis, AR, June 8, 2021

We’re the feature story in The Fabricator this month:

At Newberry Tanks, “A core group of cross-trained employees have skin in the game. The more quality tanks they fabricate in less time, the more money they make beyond their base salary.”

READ ON to learn how a culture of ownership, a preferred customer program, and an entrepreneurial operating system, results in the most cost-effective, reliably delivered, highest quality steel tanks in the business today.

That’s New Thinking. And of course it’s Newberry Tanks.

NEWBERRY TANKS’ SKID TANK WINS THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

West Memphis, AR June 8, 2021– Today, the American Business Awards® announced that Newberry Tanks and Equipment’s innovative Skid Tank has won the People’s Choice Award for Industrial Product of the Year.

This is the second year in a row Newberry Tanks’ oil and petroleum storage tank designs have captured this award.

Newberry’s Code Compliant Skid Tank

Judges awarded Newberry’s innovative and environmentally conscious Code Compliant Skid Tank Gold last month, due to the balanced “no swing” design which improves safety for staff and adds another level of protection against costly EPA violations. Additionally, the skid tank can be moved with a simple forklift, saving customers thousands of dollars per year on hiring a crane.

Judges cited:

“New skid tank design with high priority to workplace safety, no swing design, and the ability to move with the forklift offers a great benefit and value to industrial clients.”

“Storage has been a major issue and needs lot of attention to combustible fluids. This mobile tank will help business’ need for storage.”

Newberry also won Industrial Product of the Year and People’s Choice Awards for their custom-designed Slimline steel tank in 2020. The company has taken a total of 10 American Business Awards in the past two years.

Newberry Tanks President and COO Matt Kohnke commented, “We’d like to thank all the customers, partners and fans that voted for our skid tank in the People’s Choice Award. It goes to show that when customers come to Newberry for customization of a steel tank, we’re a trusted partner that can deliver a design that exceeds expectations. We’re proud of that legacy.”   

Media inquiries regarding this release should be directed to publicist Kathleen Hannon (704) 912-0209 or via email at khannongb@aol.com.

About Newberry Tanks:

For more than 90 years, award-winning Newberry Tank and Equipment has been manufacturing quality aboveground and underground steel tanks for the American Supply Chain and every branch of the U.S. military. The “Think Tank” of Oil and Petroleum storage, Newberry Tanks is intent on innovation: offering tanks on demand, dedicated customer service, turnkey solutions, and the fastest delivery in the country. *Ask about our Preferred Customer Program.

About the American Business Awards®

Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. The Stevies also produce the annual Women|Future Conference.  Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at https://www.StevieAwards.com.

NEWBERRY TANKS WINS BIG AT BUSINESS AWARDS® SECOND YEAR IN A ROW


West Memphis, AR May 4, 2021– For the second consecutive year, the American Business Awards® announced that oil and petroleum steel tank supplier Newberry Tanks & Equipment LLC is the recipient of multiple Stevies including:

  • GOLD for New Product Industrial Products & Services – Skid Tank
  • SILVER for Most Exemplary Employer during COVID
  • BRONZE for Achievement in Customer Satisfaction

More than 3,800 nominations – a record number – from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories at the American Business Awards and more than 250 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.

Best New Industrial Product – Newberry’s Code Compliant Skid Tank

Newberry’s innovative and environmentally conscious Code Compliant Skid Tank won gold for Industrial Product of the Year. The balanced “no swing” design better ensures workplace safety for staff, while adding another level of protection against chemical spills. Additionally, the skid tank can be moved with a simple forklift, saving customers thousands of dollars per year on hiring a crane. Judges cited:

“New skid tank design with high priority to workplace safety, no swing design, and the ability to move with the forklift offers a great benefit and value to industrial clients.”

“Storage has been a major issue and needs lot of attention to combustible fluids. This mobile tank will help business’ need for storage.”

Most Exemplary Employer during COVID

The ABA also recognized Newberry Tank’s adeptness in weathering the storm of the COVID pandemic and a collapsing economy. Thanks to solid management skills and confidence, the West Memphis steel tank supplier retained all staff throughout the pandemic, never suffered an outbreak on the floor, and nevertheless achieved year over year revenue growth. One judge commented:    

“Newberry kept employees safe, their wages increased, the company grew in size and revenue, all while acting as a responsible corporate citizen in their community.”

Achievement in Customer Satisfaction

Recognizing Newberry’s dedication to Customer Service, and new customer service initiatives such as their 3-call system, Judges said:

“Positively uplifting…a company pivoting on the importance of customer satisfaction with communication, commitment, and care.

“Newberry Tanks delivered tanks on time and defect-free in the toughest conditions, specifically Hurricane Laura.”

In response to all three awards, Newberry Tanks President Matt Kohnke commented, “We’d like to thank the judges at the American Business Awards, our customers, and most of all, our staff at Newberry. In the most trying of year of a century, this team came together to not only meet the challenge, but overcame it, demonstrating a heroic level of skill, grit, and determination. We couldn’t be prouder of all of you.”

Media inquiries regarding this release should be directed to publicist Kathleen Hannon (704) 912-0209 or via email at khannongb@aol.com.

About Newberry Tanks

For more than 90 years, award-winning Newberry Tank and Equipment has been manufacturing quality aboveground and underground steel tanks for the American Supply Chain and every branch of the U.S. military. The “Think Tank” of Oil and Petroleum storage, Newberry Tanks is intent on innovation: offering tanks on demand, dedicated customer service, turnkey solutions, and the fastest delivery in the country. *Ask about our Preferred Customer Program 

About the American Business Awards®

Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. The Stevies also produce the annual Women|Future Conference.  Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at https://www.StevieAwards.com.

Steeling for Shortages

STEELING FOR SUPPLY SHORTAGES

As predicted by the Institute for Supply Chain Management at the beginning of the pandemic, resources we frequently take for granted are in short supply: microchips, building supplies…even garden seeds. Oh, and Perlite and fiberglass are in short supply, too.  

What the heck is Perlite? It’s a key component to Fireguard® Steel Tanks. Which may explain why you might be experiencing longer lead times on a Fireguard tank no matter where you call.

Fiberglass shortages affect Permatank® and the ACT-100® model tanks, but we’ll get to those in a minute.

FIREGUARD TANKS AND PERLITE

Trademarked by the Steel Tank Institute [STI], all Fireguard Tanks are built to STI standards and use STI distributors for their materials. As mentioned, Perlite is a key component: it is used to mix an insulation barrier between the two walls of the tank. To find out why there is a shortage, we caught up with Sales Manager Jerry Schollmeyer, who has been with Morrison Bros. for 37 years. Morrison Bros. is the distributor for Perlite.

“We’ve never experienced a shortage in Perlite before. Most of what we manufacture is made right here in Iowa. Perlite is a different story. We are simply the distributor for the ingredient and have been since 2006. Strong [Company] mines the material in Mexico and processes it in New Mexico, before it’s shipped here. COVID affected some of the mining, so that created some delays. The snow in February then created additional shipping delays.”

Jerry continues, “But a bigger reason for the Perlite shortage is the number of states legalizing cannabis and marijuana.”

Umm, what?

“The growers put it in the soil for growing.” A quick Google search shows this to be true — Perlite is the primary ingredient in popular garden feed Miracle Gro. “So that’s also having an impact on supply,” Jerry explains. Fifteen states have legalized marijuana:  four did so in the 2020 election alone.

“But the great news is the situation will soon rectify itself. Demand was so high, Strong not only moved to a faster production schedule, but they went out and found new sources in Oregon and Georgia. So we should see the situation rectify itself within the next few months.”

ACT-100®, PERMATANK® AND FIBERGLASS

Fiberglass is also facing some challenges.  Mike Floyd of North American Composites, the STI distributor for fiberglass, explains, “When the Chinese got into producing fiberglass years ago, most American companies got out – not enough margin. So when tariffs were imposed on Chinese fiberglass in 2018, we were left with only one domestic supplier here in the U.S., and that’s Owens-Corning. For everyone. Not just for manufacturing, but for the construction industry too.  

“Then the pandemic hit. That slowed production, while building soared. And suddenly everyone wanted an inground pool for their staycation, too. Those use a lot of fiberglass,” Mike explains. Another quick Google search shows that demand for inground pool construction quadrupled during the pandemic.

The Texas freeze compounded fiberglass shortages. “Most of the fiberglass is made in Texas, but they didn’t have power. That created a couple more weeks’ worth of delays,” Mike adds. “All of which means the glass is in high demand, and currently allocated based on a percent of what you ordered. If you ordered 100,000 lbs. of glass in March, you’re going to get 25,000 lbs. of your order sometime later.”

DRIVER SHORTAGE

“There’s also a driver shortage, and that’s affecting delivery times,” Mike continues. “We’ve had shipments that only need to be driven an hour from here. It’s actually harder to get a driver for that distance than it is something going hundreds of miles. The driver and/or company can make a lot more money based on distance, so shipments that should’ve gone Friday may have to wait until Tuesday the following week. And the cost goes up with demand.”

While almost 71% of all American freight is transported by truck, the shortage of truck drivers in the U.S. has been going on since 2018. It is estimated the industry will need to hire 1.1 million drivers over the next 10 years.

TAKEAWAYS

Bet you didn’t think pools, pot, power and portability would be the explanation behind delays in some models of steel tanks, but truth is still stranger than fiction.

For the time being, our strongest recommendation is that if you know you are going to need Fireguard tanks, Act-100 tanks or Permatanks, order earlier than you normally would. While both distributors stated they expect the situation to resolve in the next couple of months, planning ahead is just good common sense.

“And we’re all going to have to learn to be a little more patient,” Jerry adds.

That’s always a good lesson, too.